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Master of Science in Cost Analysis

First Advisor

David Christensen, PhD


This research led to the design and development of a financial management database system for the Aeronautical Systems Center (AS C) Environmental Management (EM) Systems Program Office (SPO), which has the responsibility of managing the environmental contracts for the Government-Owned, Contractor-Operated (GOCO) plants that are owned by the Air Force. This thesis investigated the various 'development strategies' and 'methodologies' described in the Management Information Systems literature in order to devise an end-user development strategy capable of meeting the EM SPO's requirements. In addition, the information requirements, conceptual design and prototyping, and procedures phases of the System Development Life Cycle (SDLC) are discussed in detail. Even though the objective of providing accurate and timely information to program managers was met, problems arose during the design and development phases as a result of changes in requirements. The author thinks that defining information requirements is the most important step in the development process because the ultimate effectiveness of the system depends on how accurately the information requirements are determined initially. Therefore, it is recommended that before a project of this magnitude is undertaken in the future, a firm baseline of system requirements be established early and be adhered to throughout the duration of the project.

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Presented to the Faculty of the Graduate School of Logistics and Acquisition Management of the Air Force Institute of Technology